Osprey Oliver & Olivia’s 2011 Photo Rewind
Here is a ‘photo rewind’ of Oyster Cove’s osprey pair, Oliver and Olivia’s 2011 season. Of the thousands I took during that season, it was very tough to select just these to share in a ‘shortened’ rewind from all my posts. Oliver and Olivia’s adventures and antics were absolutely amazing as I watched and photographed them working together to successfully produce, raise, and teach two fledglings to be able to forge out on their own.
And now on with Oliver and Olivia’s 2011 life in photos!
For the Oyster Cove community, we knew Oliver was back and reunited with Olivia on March 17 from all the kew-kew-kew-kew noise they chattered on the excitement of their reunion.
The ongoing intense heat and humidity kept both the parents and chicks’ nest visits to a minimum.
After those last photos, no more sightings of the parents or chicks were seen on the nest. Migration for Osprey is usually late August/early September, with the female parent leaving first, followed by the chicks. The male parent will remain until the last chick has left the area to begin his/her migration. Because it was too early for our Osprey family to depart for migration, and it also seemed sudden, I conversed with Lisa, one of Blackwater Refuge’s osprey & eagle experts and webmaster, with my notes and concerns.
She responded, “If all of them have gone, then it’s likely they’re hanging out somewhere together….maybe they found a good fishing spot somewhere nearby. It does seem odd that the chicks would have become that independent that quickly. If they’re not coming back to the nest…..then maybe they have moved their action elsewhere, near a good fishing hole.”
Another reason decided could have been a scare or attack by a Great Horned Owl who is the Osprey’s biggest enemy. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center across Marshy Creek from me confirmed they had an active Great Horned Owl nest. So maybe with that attack and/or fear, our Osprey family moved off together to a safer area until their migration-pull kicked in.
We hope Oliver and Olivia survive their treacherous journey south and arrive back March 2012 healthy and ready to give us another season of wonder and amazement!